Thursday, October 30, 2008
Good morning ladies and gentlemen, we've just landed Canton!
"Good morning ladies and gentlemen, we've just landed in Guangzhou, PRC. The temperature outside is......"
This is very familiar for frequent flyer to Canton from Europe or US where most of the arrival time will be early in the morning about 5am-7am. Well, Canton airport are "Baiyun International Airport" with the airport code of "CAN" (Canton. See, still using the word without change.)
First timer to Canton will be very surprise to be such a giant airport located in a place which about 4000km away from the country capital. Canton just another city in China whose population approximately 20 millions. Yes, u didn't get it wrong, it's 20 millions for a city, Canton.
This airport handle most pessenger flow during Chinese New Year and National Day. Flow rate about 100,000 pessenger a day. Let's have a closer look for the airport lobby.
U can noticed China's flag everywhere in canton as chinese are quite patriotic. Let's have some outer look of Baiyun International Airport
Day view of Baiyun International Airport from highway.
Night view of pretty Baiyun International Airport, Canton.
Here is a tips folks!
For backpacker, never and ever take airport cab (if u r on budget trip) since tariff from airport to canton city heart will easily take u ￥230 with meter. (￥called Yuan, NOT YEN! Eventhough they looks same. In China currency is Ren Min Bi. Means "People's Currency").
Solution? Take airport bus. Maybe u've been suffered from airport bus in other country, but u have my word! Airport bus in Canton is as comfort as Limousine. Can't find larger photo......so just get used to smaller one..hehehe..
The bus fare is ￥20 to Canton city centre. Cheap? For ur information, time taken to reach city between cab and bus are the same. So y pay more?!
Where can u find the bus?
Don't worry, once step out of immigration gate, immediately u can see the counter. There are more than 10 destinations at different gate. Make sure u r heading the rite direction.
How to find the direction?
"Nei Hou (Pronouce as "Ne-hoo-u". Hello in Cantonese), i want to go to........."(make sure ur english simple enough. else chinese out there will get fainted of not understand what actually u r talking about).
If u ask the rite thing, u will end up with rite answer of which No. of the gate u should go towards. Go to the gate, u will find a girl standing there with Airport Express Uniform. Double confirm, ask again or read the destination board. Everything is so easy.
While the bus arrive, put ur luggages in trunk and u should get a sticker from the Uniform girl (normally they will give u automatically but if they don't, ask for it.) or u will get ur luggage stolen. Go on board and collection of bus fare will be there.
After paying the fare, sleep or do whatever....cos it will take u 55 mins on highway with nothing special outside for u to 'enjoy'.
Posted by pandanleaf at 11:30 AM